{Recipe} Roasted Balsamic Brussels Sprouts

August 7, 2014

Poor, maligned Brussels sprouts. They’ve long been a punchline, shorthand for “yucky healthy food that nobody wants to eat”, and a dinnertime villain in children’s books–most likely because they were served boiled-to-mush one too many times by well-meaning parents. Now Brussels sprouts are finally getting their due. Roasting has become one of the most popular ways […]

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Tune In To Our New Podcast!

August 5, 2014

I’m so pleased to share a brand new project with you: A podcast! I’m collaborating with sociologist and mom Dina Rose, PhD (who writes the terrific blog It’s Not About Nutrition) for a podcast called The Happy Bite. Twice a month, we chat about topics related to kids and food. We combine my take on […]

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12 Signs Your Child is Constipated (And What To Do)

July 30, 2014

Constipation is extremely common among children. It’s the number-one source of belly pain for kids! Here’s something else that might really surprise you: Constipation can be a hidden cause of bedwetting. If you don’t think your child is constipated, you might want to think again, says Steve Hodges, MD, a pediatric urologist and co-author of the book It’s […]

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{Recipe} Real Simple Blueberry Jam

July 28, 2014

Blueberries are, hands-down, my favorite fruit. To me, it’s not really summer until I’ve picked many, many pounds at a local farm–then eaten so many that I get a stomachache. Still, I usually end up with leftovers. So I make muffins, pancakes, and fruit leathers and tuck a few bags away for the winter. I also love […]

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Why I Love My Old-School Recipe Book

July 23, 2014

Did you have a scrapbook as a child? I did. In the pages of mine are ticket stubs to U2 and Depeche Mode concerts, photos from church camp, and dried corsages from high school homecoming dances. I don’t know if kids today keep scrapbooks (at least the paper kind) but I’m so thankful for mine. It’s like a roadmap […]

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Why I Don’t Stress Out About Salt

July 21, 2014

I love salt. I lick it from my fingers after eating popcorn and regularly make a second pass around an ear of corn with the shaker. Apparently this penchant runs in the family, since my dad salts both watermelon and pizza. (Thankfully, we both have stellar blood pressure.) In my profession as a dietitian, my love affair with salt […]

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Finding Balance For My Child’s Birthday Party

July 16, 2014

Recently, my 10 year old had his birthday party at an indoor trampoline park: a dozen friends, an hour of bouncing, and a party room for 40 minutes. Frankly, I’m usually too cheap to shell out for parties like this, but we figured we’d go big to ring in those double digits. Plus, any arrangement […]

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Dinnertime Survival Guide: A Thank You To My Readers

July 15, 2014

In April, a box of books landed on my doorstep and I almost fainted. In a good way. After months of writing and recipe testing (and tasting), l’m thrilled with the finished product: Cooking Light Dinnertime Survival Guide. I’ve also been thrilled to hear from so many of you about it. You tell me the book is […]

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Dinnertime Survival Trick: Make Bacon In Your Oven

July 9, 2014

Throughout the pages of my new book Cooking Light Dinnertime Survival Guide are tricks that help me save time, money, and sanity. I call them “Crazy Tricks That Actually Work”. I’m sharing a few of these on my blog. I’ve been known to say that I could be a vegetarian if it weren’t for bacon. (My kids […]

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Changing Camp Snacks For The Better

July 7, 2014

Snacktivism doesn’t stop when the school year ends. While some kids attend just a week or two of camp throughout the summer, others spend many weeks–or even most of the summer–at camp. It shouldn’t be a place where healthy food takes a permanent vacation. Two years ago, I had my own moment of camp Snacktivism, […]

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